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You’re Invited to the HackWE 3.0 Reveal



In celebration of National Science and Technology Week, Hackforge and WEtech Alliance partnered for the third time with HackWE 3.0. This hackathon focused on working with scientific data and creating new projects and creatively solving problems.

The reveal is Sunday, October 26th, starting at 12PM at the Windsor Star Green Bean Cafe (300 Ouellette Ave). The afternoon is free and open to the public.

The hackathon kicked off on Friday, October 17th at the Windsor Public Library. Teams, both professional and student, have been working all week using science data and will demonstrate and present their projects to the public and judges.

Judges include Bob Price, Analyst Programmer for the City of Windsor; Renee Pare, Sales Director for Next Dimension; and Frank Abbruzzese, President of AlphaKOR Group.

Teams are competing for the titles of Best Professional Project, Best Student Project, Most Creative Project, and Best Use of Science Data.

HackWE 3.0 is in partnership with the University of Windsor, EPICentre, St. Clair College, Open Data Windsor Essex, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and Next Dimension.


Tech Talk: The Steam Engine Revolution


Since the mid-18th century, steam engines have fascinated young and old. Even though they are now obsolete, they fascinate still. Spend an evening with Hackforge member Paul Anderson and learn how these engines evolved, and the genius behind their development.

Nerd Level: Beginners welcome.
Interested parties: History, Industrial Revolution, mechanics, steam engines.

This Tech Talk takes place on Thursday, October 30th at 7PM at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave).

Paul Anderson is Hackforge’s resident polymath and facilities manager. He rarely finds a hobby he doesn’t like.

N.B Hackforge’s Meetup events have now been moved to Facebook

Dreamers, Coders, Designers Wanted: HackWE 3.0

Celebrating National Science and Technology Week, Hackforge and WEtech Alliance are collaborating on HackWE 3.0, a hackathon focused on open data from the sciences. We’re looking for teams of tech students or professionals to compete, and science people to help competitors interpret the data and solve useful problems with it.

Artists and designers are also welcome to form or join a team – teams with cool visualizations will have a leg up.
Student teams are eligible for prizes. Professional teams are competing for bragging rights.

Participating teams will come together for the “draft” and a series of talks on science and technology on Friday, October 17th. The teams will present their completed projects on Sunday, October 26th.

This Hackathon is in partnership with St. Clair College, the University of Windsor, and Open Data Windsor Essex.



Friday, October 17 @ 1pm to 5pm
Windsor Public Library – Central Library
850 Ouellette Avenue


Wednesday, October 22 @ 7PM to 9PM
Hackforge with the Software Craftsmen’s Guild
850 Ouellette Avenue


Sunday, October 26 @ 12PM – 5PM
Green Been Café @ Windsor Star
300 Ouellette Avenue

Exclusive Dinner with Expert in the Commercialization of Apps
Admission to App Commercialization Seminar
Smartwatch sponsor by Next Dimension

Irek Kusmierczyk, WEtech Alliance

Sarah Morris, Hackforge


Hackforge Weekend at W.A.V.E.S!


We had a great time this weekend at the w.a.v.e.s festival at the Detroit River. Friday and Saturday evening, the riverfront was lit up from Janette Ave to the Ambassador Bridge with displays, booths, art, food, and music. Hackforge had nonstop visitors to our booth which featured a hand-crank SpokePOV bike, our Makerbot 3D printer, and a cymatics rig. Our highly interactive booth was the source of lots of noise, questions, and discussion on the future of technology.

We also brought together electronic nerds and bike nerds with SpokePOVs. On Friday night, we stopped by Bike Friendly Windsor Essex‘s AGM at City Cyclery and attached the custom display LEDs to three bikes  before their Night Lights Ride.

Big props to Chris Deschamps, Nik Steel, Paul Anderson, AmberJoy Kouvalis, Aaron Mavrinac, and Phil Aylesworth for helping out during the festival.

Click below for a Storified breakdown of the weekend!


Octopus Attack at Nerd Nite!


Hackforge attended Nerd Nite at Phog Lounge last Thursday, September 18th! We talked about the who, what, why of Hackforge and demonstrated SpokePOV and 3D printing! We also 3D printed this lil’ guy. Big thanks to AmberJoy Kouvalis for bringing her 3D printer for the night and Paul Anderson for helping with the demonstrations.

If you’d like to see 3D printing and SpokePovs for yourself, come check out Hackforge’s booth at this weekend’s w.a.v.e.s festival!


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